A giant squid was captured on video in Japan’s Toyama Bay, as it swam around boats close to the surface in the marina. Giant squid are possibly the world’s largest invertebrate, and they are rarely seen so close to the surface as they prefer to live in the deep parts of the ocean.
The giant squid has remained elusive for most of human history, with specimens mainly found dead, tangled in fishing nets. In 2004 the first images of a live giant squid were captured, and then in 2012 the mysterious creature from the deep swam into view on film.
The giant squid was spotted from the pier by spectators, giving dive shop owner, Akinobu Kimura, a chance to swim with it, and capture footage on a submersible camera.
Kimura told CNN: “My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water, and go close to it.”
Watch footage from Associated Press of the giant squid:
While giant squid have been known to grow up to 59 feet, and weigh nearly a ton, this squid is believed to be a juvenile measuring around 12 feet long.
Scientists believe that these giants of the ocean spend most of their lives in the deep parts of the ocean around the world; however, when they do show up, it is usually in Japan.
Tatsuya Wakasugi, a manager at the marina, told local reporters: “It was the first time that we saw a live giant squid here, where water depth is only about 2.5 to 3 meters, whereas the ones caught in fishing nets are mostly dead, and their colors have already turned white. The body of the giant squid swimming inside the marina was red.”
“This squid was not damaged, and looked lively; spurting ink, and trying to entangle his tentacles around me. I guided the squid toward to the ocean, several hundred meters from the area it was found in, and it disappeared into the deep sea,” Kimura said.
The giant squid stayed for several hours, giving spectators a rare chance to observe this mysterious creature of the deep.
It remains unclear why the giant squid had wandered into the marina, as the weather and sea conditions were fair.